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Mercedes-Benz Debuts Concept Driverless Car At CES

January 6, 2015 1:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The car of the future according to Mercedes-Benz is one that drives itself, has seats inside that swivel to face each other and features a computerized brain that can watch a pedestrian walk by and even offer a digital projection of a crosswalk to help the person cross the road. The carmaker...

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CES Gadget Show: Dish Gives Cord-Cutters Live Sports

January 5, 2015 11:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription...

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Sony CEO Breaks Silence On Cyberattack

January 5, 2015 11:40 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals." CEO Kazuo...

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Gadget Show: Curved Phones, Smarter Homes, Fuel Cells

January 5, 2015 6:40 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota executive Bob Carter announced Monday at the International CES show that the automaker will allow others to use several thousand of its proprietary patents — and some still pending — for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai,...

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SpaceX Shoots For Launch To Station, Rocket Landing On Barge

January 5, 2015 3:43 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX is making another supply run to the International Space Station for NASA. But it's the rocket's return — not its takeoff — that has space fans talking. Minutes after Tuesday morning's planned launch from Cape Canaveral, the first stage of the unmanned Falcon rocket will aim for a vertical...

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FCC To Vote Next Month On Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks. The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler...

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Regulators Weigh Proposal To Close Part Of NM Plant

January 5, 2015 2:41 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | Comments

State regulators are taking testimony on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in New Mexico that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in the Southwest. The plan would curb haze-causing pollution at the San Juan Generating Station, but some environmentalists...

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The Price Of U.S. Oil Dips Briefly Below $50

January 5, 2015 2:37 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The price of oil plunged again Monday and briefly dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than five years as evidence mounted that the world will be oversupplied with oil this year. Benchmark U.S. oil dipped to $49.95 before quickly rising back over $50. In early afternoon trading oil was down...

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U.S. To Resume First Beef Imports From Ireland Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United States will permit imports of beef from Ireland, the first European Union country allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago, officials said Monday. Simon Coveney, Ireland's minister for agriculture, food and the marine, issued a statement announcing that access to the...

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FDA Drug Approvals Reached 18-Year High In 2014

January 5, 2015 1:25 pm | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration approved 41 first-of-a-kind drugs in 2014, including a record number of medicines for rare diseases, pushing the agency's annual tally of drug approvals to its highest level in 18 years. FDA drug approvals are considered a barometer of industry innovation and the federal...

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Scrutiny On Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 10:29 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | Comments

Fast food worker Caitlin Turowski had this much in common with high-paid CEOs: When she quit her job, she couldn't work for a competitor. Hired as a delivery driver for sandwich maker Jimmy John's and later made an assistant manager, Turowski said she signed a two-year non-competition agreement banning her from...

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Two MO Cities Consider Solar Energy Farms

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two cities near Kansas City are considering making more use of solar energy, a trend that energy industry experts say is growing in the Midwest as costs to install facilities decline. Solar energy firms have been wooing Sugar Creek and Independence to build solar farms to replace carbon-based...

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Automakers End 2014 Strongly, Pushing Some Brands To Records

January 5, 2015 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | Comments

Holiday sales, cheap gas prices and low interest rates pushed U.S. auto sales to big gains in December, helping the industry close out a strong year with several brands setting sales records. Fiat Chrysler led the way, selling just over 2 million cars and trucks for a 16 percent increase over...

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Raise Your Home's IQ: Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage At CES

January 5, 2015 3:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think...

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NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft Technology

January 3, 2015 12:40 pm | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an...

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Do 2015 Beer Prices Depend On Bad Barley Crop?

January 3, 2015 11:41 am | by Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press | Comments

Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews. Much of the nation's large-scale brewing is done in the...

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U.S. Stocks End Mixed As Manufacturing Growth Slows

January 2, 2015 5:42 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer | Comments

Stocks got off to a sluggish start on the first day of trading in the New Year, ending the day mixed as a report showed that manufacturing growth slowed in December. U.S. factory activity grew at the slowest pace in six months last month, weakened by declines in orders and production, according...

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MS Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Emissions Limit

January 2, 2015 10:23 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible...

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NY Offers $14.5M For Power Plant Upgrades

January 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The state is offering $14.5 million in incentives for power plants to become cleaner and more efficient. The money comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a carbon cap-and-trade program that charges fossil fuel-burning power plants for the carbon dioxide they emit. The new incentive program is administered by...

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U.S. Rig Count Plummets 35 To 1,840

January 2, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 35 last week to 1,840. The Houston firm said Monday in its weekly report that 1,499 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,757 rigs were...

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